How long was Walter Cronkite anchor of the “CBS Evening News”? August 28, 2012 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: Television Leave a Comment Walter Cronkite, anchor of the “CBS Evening News” could be heard intoning “And that’s the way it is . . .” from April 16, 1962, to March 6, 1981. Related PostsHow long has Charles Kuralt’s “On the Road” feature appeared on “The CBS Evening News”?How long was Walter Cronkite a television anchorman for CBS?What game show did Walter Cronkite host?Who was the first female national news anchor?Did Walter Matthau ever direct a movie?